Even English Lawn Tennis Is Yielding to the Demand for Faster Performances
LONDON DAILY MAIL
THE remarkable way in which sport has been speeded up during recent years is made the subject of an article in The Daily Mail (London) part of which reads:
"The international appetite for speed is all-devouring and insatiable. No sooner is the breath-taking performance of 408 miles an hour in the air accomplished than we are encouraged to believe that the day is not far distant when 500 miles an hour will be attained.
"Our Stainforths, our Malcolm Campbells, our Kaye Dons are the justly acclaimed heroes of today. But none knows better than they that tomorrow others will arise to pale their staggering deeds into insignificance. How many are there among us who can name the’ winner of the fjrst Schneider Trophy race at forty-five miles an hour' “Go into those fields of sport where the only mechanism is the human body, fed by the fuel of the human will, and what do you hear? Rising above all others is the clamorous voice that calls for speed, speed.
“And it cannot be ignored. That way lie disaster and oblivion. This generation has no use for cyclists who will amble for four miles and a half and race the last lap only; it Iras no time to watch two wrestlers struggling for sixty minutes for a fall that could be accomplished in six.
"Lawn tennis has developed from the pat-ball game of our fathers and mothers to a strenuous and exhausting exercise. Gerald Patterson and William Tilden launched their ‘thunderbolt service’ from a placid sky; Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills have taught a world of women that a lightning brain and speed of foot are things of beauty and of devastation.
“Nurmi, the Finn, eight years ago, ran a mile in 4 minutes 10 2-5 seconds; Jules Ladoumegue. the Frenchman, only the other day knocked 11-5 seconds off that.”
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